Leftist singer Taylor Swift finds herself in hot water after being accused by a Black business owner of selling merchandise for her new album, “Folklore,” that resembled her brand logo, Fox News reports.
The business owner and artist, Amira Rasool, wrote to social media to address the issue.
“Wait hold up. Taylor Swift, it’s one thing to use the name ‘Folklore,’ but we’re out here stealing Black women’s logos too?” Rasool wrote on Twitter.
Rasool added: “I am sharing my story to bring light to the trend of large companies/celebrities copying the work of small minority-owned business owners. I am not going to let this blatant theft go unchecked.”
Swift is a multi-millionaire, yet she’s allegedly profiting off merchandise that uses designs resembling the logo of a boutique called The Folklore.
The Folklore sells clothing, accessories and home decor from African designers.
She later reposted her tweet on Instagram and wrote, “Based on the similarities of the design, I believe the designer of the merch ripped off my company’s logo.”
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This morning, it came to my attention that musician #TaylorSwift is selling merchandise to go along with her new album ‘Folklore’. She is currently selling merchandise with the words "The Folklore" printed on them. Based on the similarities of the design, I believe the designer of the merch ripped off my company's logo. I am sharing my story to bring light to the trend of large companies/celebrities copying the work of small minority-owned business owners. I am not going to let this blatant theft go unchecked. Please tag @diet_prada and @thefashionlaw under the post and share this on Twitter and IGz #TheRealFolklore #TheFolklore Original logo designed by @cainecasket
Swift’s team issued a statement in response.
“Yesterday, we were made aware of a complaint that the specific use of the word ‘the’ before ‘folklore album’ on some of the ‘folklore’ album merchandise was of concern,” the singer’s rep said. “Absolutely no merchandise using ‘the’ before the words ‘folklore album’ has been manufactured or sent out.”
The statement continued: “In good faith, we honored her request and immediately notified everyone who had ordered merchandise with the word ‘the’ preceding ‘folklore album’ that they will now receive their order with the design change.”
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An update: Thank you for everyone’s support, I have read all of your messages and I truly appreciate them. Taylor Swift’s team took a great first step by removing “the” from all of the merchandise. We are in conversation with her team about the necessary next steps to make this situation right. Special shout out to my lawyers at @fenwickwestllp and my sister @nia_rasoolgroup for the guidance and support.
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Rasool later took to social media in response to Swift’s team’s statement.
“I commend Taylor’s team for recognizing the damage the merchandise caused to my company @TheFolklore’s brand,” she wrote on Twitter. “I recognize that she has been a strong advocate for women protecting their creative rights, so it was good to see her team is on the same page.”
Rasool added: “It was a great first step and we are in conversation right now with Taylor’s team about the next steps to make this situation right.”
Amira, I admire the work you’re doing and I’m happy to make a contribution to your company and to support the Black in Fashion Council (launching on 8/3) with a donation 💗@thefolklore @amirarasool @bifcglobal #blackinfashioncouncil
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) July 30, 2020
Swift, 30, responded directly to The Folklore owner on Twitter and said, “Amira, I admire the work you’re doing and I’m happy to make a contribution to your company and to support the Black in Fashion Council (launching on 8/3) with a donation @thefolklore @amirarasool @bifcglobal #blackinfashioncouncil.”